Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rod Stewart Buys Elton an 'ice bucket'

Rod Stewart once bought Sir Elton John a novelty fridge.


The 'Maggie May' singer has been good friends with the legendary star since they played the same clubs in the 1960s and as a Christmas gift he gave him a special refrigerator that lit up and had an automatic door, but was surprised when in return Elton gave him a painting by Rembrandt.

He said: ''I thought long and hard about the present I was going to give him. That's always a tough one, 'What do you get the man who's bought himself everything?'

''Eventually after a bit of scouring around the shops I lit upon a solution, a novelty portable fridge. Brilliant. You plugged it in and pressed a button and its door opened automatically and it lit up and a bottle rose out of it in a cloud of vapour.

''Elton's present to me that year: a Rembrandt. A drawing - The Adoration of the Shepherds. A f**king Rembrandt!''

Despite feeling ''pretty small'' about his novelty gift, Elton took it as a laugh and referred to it as an ''ice bucket''.

Writing in his autobiography 'Rod', being serialised in the Daily Mail, he added: ''I felt pretty small - although presumably not as small as Elton presumably wanted me to feel when he later tartly referred to my present as a 'ice bucket'. It was not an ice bucket. It was a novelty portable fridge.''

n his new book 'Rod: The Autobiography', he writes: ''I also had to be in awe of the fact that, whether it was drink or cocaine, he (Elton) could see me right under the table every time.''

Rod, 67, insists he and Elton, 65, became best friends in the 70s and a fellow pal of theirs even gave them female nicknames for each other because they were so close.

He explains: ''It was in the early 1970s that Elton and I drew especially close, the best of mates for a while.

''Our mutual friend Long John Baldry had christened me 'Phyllis,' he had christened Elton 'Sharon,' and that's what we were to each other: Phyllis and Sharon. Or just 'dear'.''

- MSN Philippines

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